More than 2,000 inmates in Bangkok Remand Prison and Women’s Correctional Institution have been tested for Covid19 virus in recent days.
This announcement follows recent news that a protest leader who spent 8 weeks in prison pending trial on lese majesty charges tested positive for Covid19 virus.
Pro-democracy activist Panusya Sithijirawattanaku aka “Rung”, after 59 days in the Women’s Correctional Institution, posted one message on Facebook confirming she was infected, released on bail on May 6.
The Department of Corrections further said that 2,835 inmates had tested positive for the virus, including 1,795 in the Bangkok Remand Prison, which makes up more than half of the capital’s prison population. A source told the Bangkok Post that there are a total of 3,238 inmates in prison.
The remaining 1040 infections are detainees in the Central Women’s Court. This prison houses 4,518 inmates.
Those with severe symptoms are admitted to hospitals outside the prison, while the other infected inmates are treated in field hospitals set up in the prisons or Corrections Hospital, said Director General Aryut Sinthoppan, director of the prison system.
“The Corrections Department has ordered all correctional facilities to establish a quarantine area and a field hospital, with doctors and nurses on duty to treat the infected prisoners … We also plan to inoculate all inmates. We are only waiting for an allocation of vaccines from relevant authorities. “
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